About Turkey |
Tourism Information |
Konya is a city in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey and is the capital of the Konya Province. Konya has the reputation of being one of the more religiously conservative metropolitan centers in Turkey. It was once known as the "citadel of Islam" and is still more devout than other cities. Konya was the final home of Rumi, whose followers established in 1273 the Mevlevi Sufi order of Islam in the city and became known as the whirling dervishes. Konya produced Turkish carpets that were exported to Europe during the Renaissance. These expensive, richly-patterned textiles were draped over tables, beds, or chests to proclaim the wealth and status of their owners, and were often included in the contemporary oil paintings as symbols of the wealth of the painter's clients. Notable Konyans include Ibn Arabi, a Sufi who visited Konya in 1207 at the invitation of the Selçuk governor of that time and married the mother of his disciple Sadreddin Konevi. Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi, the Persian Sufi poet commonly known as Mevlâna and who is the founder of the Sufi Mevlevi order known as the Whirling Dervishes spent the last fifty years of his life in Konya. His tomb is also located there. Orkut Büyükkökten, a software engineer who developed the social networking service Orkut, was born in 1975 in Konya and Ahmet Davutoğlu, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, was born 26 February 1959 in Konya.
Region: Central Anatolia
mouseover to control direction of scrolling
Interested in Turkey..? Check out the websites below which provide a whole wealth of information for travellers planning a holiday in Turkey
© Copyright 2000- The Ethos Group in Partnership with Özalp Turism San. Tic. Ltd. Şti. - All Rights Reserved.